The Giraffes (Brooklyn band)
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Genres||Hard rock, surf rock, punk rock|
Razor & Tie
|Past members||Aaron Lazar
Drummer Andrew Totolos is the host of the DIY Network's Sport Compact customization show "Tricked Out" and lends his voice to many TV commercials.
A show at Mercury Lounge on February 5, 2011 was billed as the last with Aaron Lazar as lead singer. At the beginning of the band's two-hour set, Lazar declared, "If we don't make it big by the end of this show, I'm fucking quitting."
The Giraffes were formed in 1996 by guitarist Damien Paris and drummer Andrew Totolos. Singer Aaron Lazar and bassist Tim Kent joined soon after. Kent was replaced in 2002 by John Rosenthal. Rosenthal was then replaced by current bassist Jens Carstensen in 2008.
From 2002 to 2003, the Giraffes recorded two self-produced albums, Helping You Help Yourself and A Gentleman Never Tells. They recorded the albums in their home studio in Brooklyn, which was conveniently located under a Hasidic dry cleaner. In 2002, Damien Paris was shot in the leg by a fire marshal at a White Castle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In early 2005, Aaron Lazar suffered two heart attacks. The first occurred while driving over the Manhattan Bridge with his girlfriend. After being rushed to the hospital, he was outfitted with an implanted defibrillator, which allegedly he is in six figures of debt for. The second attack occurred three months later during a live show. He is now doing fine and continuing to perform in top form, not letting the attacks slow him down.
After finishing up with Razor & Tie, The Giraffes signed with Crustacean Records. In 2008, the band released the album Prime Motivator with the label. In 2010, they released a live concert film Show as a Deluxe DVD+CD. A second album, Ruled, was released on May 10, 2011.
The Giraffes are known for rowdy live performances. Their shows usually involve heavy alcohol consumption and the audience throwing objects, such as ice or bottles, at the band members. The band embraces this and retaliates by throwing the objects back at them while continuing to play.
In 2009, the band performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
- Franksquilt (1998) Apesauce Records
- Helping You Help Yourself (2002) Apesauce Records
- A Gentleman Never Tells (2003) Apesauce Records
- The Giraffes (2005) Razor & Tie Media
- Pretty in Puke (2006) Apesauce Records
- Prime Motivator (2008) Crustacean Records
- Ruled (2011) Crustacean Records
- Farewell, Fat Astronaut (2011) Apesauce Records
- Tales of the Black Whistle (2012) Apesauce Records
- Show (2010) Crustacean Records
- Farewell, Fat Astronaut (2011) (Limited Release) Apesauce Records
- "Done" - The Giraffes // Rock Band. Accessed August 8, 2010.
- The Giraffes: February 5, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Samples. Accessed February 14, 2011.
- The Giraffes Live at Mercury Lounge on February 5, 2011. Accessed April 30, 2013.
- The Giraffes bio. Accessed August 8, 2010.
- The Grateful Near-Dead. Accessed August 8, 2010.
- The Giraffes // Show DVD+CD. Accessed August 8, 2010.
- The Giraffes // Ruled. Accessed May 10, 2011.